Throughout the bruising, relentless primary season I had many battles with other conservatives over who would be the best “ABR” (Anybody But Romney). Although we might have supported different candidates from Bachmann to Gingrich to Santorum to Paul, we all agreed that handing “next in line” Mitt Romney the nomination would have disastrous results in the general election. And as I said on the air last night, to my surprise I actually grew to like Mitt Romney during the course of the general campaign. Policies and record aside, he is a decent, generous, capable and accomplished man who would have made a much better President than the one we’re stuck with for another four years — even if I would have inevitably disagreed with him on some issues. I was resigned to the fact that we as conservatives would first have to oust Obama from the White House, then continue to reform the GOP and hold a President Romney accountable. All things considered, at least he loved the USA as founded and understood our exceptional nature.
Looking back at the debates in particular, it is astonishing that over 50% of the electorate could deliberately ignore the stark contrast between a respectful, intelligent and amiable businessman and a smug, arrogant man-child ostensibly holding presidential office but presenting himself as anything BUT presidential — especially in the first and last debate. Obama was petulant, petty, mean-spirited and just plain wrong in many of his accusations (e.g., bayonets) but by taking the “gentlemanly” route and allowing these unfounded insults and character assaults to go unanswered, Romney did himself and the USA a huge disservice.
Then again….I am reminded of why I fought so hard against his candidacy. As I noted months ago, sending the purveyor of Romneycare to go up against the inflictor of Obamacare was a losing proposition. Is it any wonder Romney never attacked his opponent on Obamacare’s onerous business-destroying provisions such as the 50-employee mandate, not to mention its inevitable rationing as evidenced by the IPAB — Independent Payment Advisory Board — 15 unelected bureaucrats who will determine who is “worthy” of necessary medical procedures?
Somehow I doubt a Rick Santorum, a Newt Gingrich, a Michele Bachmann or a Herman Cain would have made the same fatal mistake.
And as expected, with Obama’s victory all but ensuring full implementation of this disastrous socialized medicine scheme, the lay-offs have already begun. Those of us who never bothered to read the bill are now finding out what’s in it — and it’s not pretty. Too bad we didn’t have a Republican nominee who possessed the credibility to hang this albatross around Obama’s neck simply by informing the public.
Speaking of which, in his desire to be a “nice” guy while frequently referring to the statist in the White House in the same way, Romney refused to attack him over his dereliction of duty with respect to Benghazi — which led to the deaths of four upstanding Americans who served their country with honor and dignity. Michelle Malkin was 100% correct when she urged Mitt Romney to get the “nice guy” talking point out of his mouth when referring to Obama. Too bad he didn’t listen. Not even after we found out the President watched the Benghazi attack unfold in real time, denied them help and then jetted off to Vegas for a fundraiser.
Which brings me to another critical point: RINOs.
In one sense, I completely sympathize with the three million Republicans who sat home on Election Day. They are sick to death of being “good soldiers” for the Republican machine that hates conservatives and conservatism, and only tolerates them in order to win elections. When Romney and the GOP snubbed Palin, refusing her a prime-time speaking slot at the RNC because she was too “extreme”, I knew we were doomed. Not only was it a slap in the face to Palin’s supporters, it was a complete repudiation of limited government principles. Ditto for their equally dismissive attitude toward Ron Paul. Then the final blow: awarding Chris Christie the keynote, which turned out to be one of the worst convention speeches in history. Instead of extolling the virtues of the Republican nominee, Christie made it all about him. No wonder he gushed all over Obama in a Hurricane Sandy photo-opp — he sees the same narcissistic impulses in our president that he himself possesses. Much like Obama’s Chicago thuggery and chameleon accent that changes according to the crowd he’s addressing, Christie’s Tony Soprano act wore thin a long time ago, along with his RINO impulses (e.g. support for cap and trade and gun control, belief in manmade global warming and refusal to acknowledge the threat of radical Islam without and within).
I remember rhetorically battling it out with my Dad who, although an ardent admirer of Palin, bought into the GOP nonsense that this was somehow the best strategy to win over the independent voters we needed to win. “We gotta get this guy out,” he’d implore me urgently, meaning Obama.
As I told Dad, independents wouldn’t matter if a large chunk of the base stayed home. And Palin had single-handedly done more for the cause of Constitutional conservatism than any political figure in recent history — even with the left and her own party waging war on her since 2008. And while I am not a fan of Ron Paul’s foreign policy and his naivete with respect to jihad, Sharia Law, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, I do agree with him on economics. Regardless, he and his followers deserved to be heard at the convention; the Republican Party was wrong to slight them, and as expected, it came back to bite them in the butt.
For as much as they kvetch about the need for a “big tent” it seems that only applies on a superficial, identity politics (female, Hispanic, etc) level; certainly not on an ideological one. Otherwise, all voices would have been given an opportunity to be heard.
As expected though, the GOP hasn’t learned the real lesson and is now admonishing us that the answer is to pander even more to specific voting blocs like Hispanics, apparently to out-amnesty the Democrats and reward more criminal behavior (yes, breaking the law is criminal, regardless of motive). Amazing when you consider 1.) our cratering economy and 2.) our already unsustainable entitlements.
Where do we go from here?
I tend to agree with Glenn Beck when he urged his listeners to strengthen their families and communities, act on a local level and if at all possible, get the hell out of the Northeast and move south. Fortify the red states to shore up electoral votes. Let the liberals suffer the consequences of their failed policies. And somehow the Right has got to get into the cultural and educational arenas because culture is politics. As much as I despise the Left, I must give credit where it is due: they patiently dismantled public education, pop culture, media and academia and infiltrated it with progressive propaganda, successfully dumbing down the electorate to the point where they have no understanding of history, no appreciation for the Constitutional Republic bequeathed to us by the Founding Fathers and no more belief in the “quaint” concepts of hard work, personal responsibility, self-reliance and rugged individualism. They have indoctrinated a new generation to believe it is the government’s job to assist those who fall on hard times rather than incumbent on individuals. And the results are frightening.
None of this will be solved overnight and as Tuesday’s results suggest, things will have to get a whole lot worse before they get better. In addition to what’s in Obamacare, we’ll soon find out what Obama meant when he told the Russian president he’d have more “flexibility” after the election. We’ll feel the full effects of sequestration. We’ll suffer through four more years of unemployment, underemployment and economic stagnation. We’ll live in a world where America no longer stands up to the world’s most brutal dictators but instead embraces them — while simultaneously betraying our allies like Israel.
All for “free” birth control, abortion on demand, welfare checks, food stamps and Obamaphones. God help us.